As you may or may not know Jim Corr was on the Late Late Show last week. Maybe you heard about it online afterwards like I did, or maybe you are a dinosaur who actually watched it live on a television when it was aired by a TV station. For those of you interested the parts with Jim are up on youtube.
In what seemed to be a lets-laugh-at-the-nutjobs special, Jim shared his appearance with googly eye climate change denier Lord Monckton (seriously, the hell is up with his face?), but he really is another topic for another day. Jim Corr is an Irish celebrity so it is our duty as Irish Skeptics to tackle him and his nonsense. We can leave the British aristocracy to the British.
So for our no doubt legions of American readers, Jim Corr was the guitarist and vestigial brother for the all-sister folk rock trio The Corrs. Ever since the band retired/broke up/got abducted by aliens or whatever, he kind of faded out of public view, until he reappeared to warn us all of the NWO (that’s the New World Order, not these guys.)
So after some radio interviews and setting up his own website devoted to the Troof ™ Jim finally got on to the pinnacle of Irish TV, the Late Late Show. Besmigged and wearing the latest in tea shades (which as a few people online have pointed out makes him look a bit like Ned from South Park) Jim uses his time to spout 9/11 factoids like a machine. Each one he lists are almost word for word what is spouted on very single 9/11 conspiracy site. It’s almost like he’s simply regurgitating what he’d be conditioned to say.
I won’t bother with debunking each and very claim he makes, as they all have been many times before.
The towers fell at free fall speed- Nope
Blah Blah squibs – Nope
Nano thermite!! – Not at all.
As of time of writing Jim has yet to post a reaction to the show on his site, but going by his reactions during the interview I would wager he is going to play the victim card. He seemed rather shocked and appalled that they didn’t want the opinion of a singer-songwriter on the world’s financial crisis. Ryan Tubridy, who is not exactly known for his impartial interviews, certainly did seem to want to focus on his 9/11 claims and it’s not inconceivable that they mislead him to book him on the show. But it’s a common complaint when cranks look a little crazy when they are on TV. Take David Icke complaining how he was misrepresented on TV when he said he was the son of God, it was clearly the director’s fault he looked crazy.
Of course what he is likely going to focus on is the American fellow’s accusation of anti-Semitism. Of course the guy didn’t actually accuse him of that and clearly said as much, but that’s not how the cranks will remember it. To them it will just be another case of someone playing to racist card to stop the truth coming out.
Now to say that all conspiracy theorists are anti-Semites would be foolish, like saying all skeptics are atheists and vice versa would be foolish. However to say there isn’t something of a correlation would be kinda naïve. So chances are the American guy’s accusation that Jim’s site links to bigoted sources isn’t a far out one and one which Jim says in entirely untrue. Let’s test that theory.
If you go to Jim’s website (which is much better designed than some other crank sites I’ve been too) you’ll see a news column. Do a quick word search for “protocols” and you’ll get this link about a third of the way down. Now for those of you not in the know, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is supposedly a leaked instruction manual detailing the Jewish plot to conquer the world using their nasty Jewish sneakiness. However most historians agree that this book is a piece of propaganda produced in Russia in the early 1900’s and was popularised by being reprinted in Henry Ford’s book The International Jew. Jim feels that this is a “must read”.
So looking over his site you can find the usual conspiracy madness: chemtrails, vaccines, GMO, 9/11 and 7/7 hoaxes. So personally it looks like he’s simply spent too much time on the internet drinking the usual cool-aid and aside from his previous fame is no different in terms of logic or knowledge to your typical conspiracy crank, like Alex Jones or Richard Hoagland. The important thing is: he’s our crank.